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Sculptura Portuguesa – 3 –

Lisbon is the scene of today’s offerings. In some of them you will see the work of art known as Miki trying to steal the limelight – an incredible achievement for one so camera-shy! 🙂

These cheeky little things (not Miki) were all over this square in Lisbon, with a task no grander than guarding the entrance to an underground park

These cheeky little things (not Miki) were all over this square in Lisbon, with a task no grander than guarding the entrance to an underground park

 

I know I featured it in a previous entry, but here's a shot from the other side of the stunning Discoveries monument on the waterfront.

I know I featured it in a previous entry, but here's a shot from the other side of the stunning Discoveries monument on the waterfront.

 

"This will teach you to make fun of my skirt." Statue in the Palace de Ajuda

"This will teach you to make fun of my skirt." Statue in the Palace de Ajuda

 

This glorious structure was a stair way to a quaint cable car network above the city.

This glorious structure was a stair way to a quaint cable car network above the city.

 

Kev Moore

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August 6, 2008 - Posted by | Art, culture, life, photo, photography, travel, writing | , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. wow.. that last picture of the stairway.. that’s just like nothing i’ve ever seen before, it’s awe-inspiring.

    Comment by supersizeme | August 15, 2008

  2. .. wonder what the history is behind it?

    Comment by supersizeme | August 15, 2008

  3. Hi Supe, Kevin has just left for a gig in the U.K…. he might know the story behind the staircase, he will tell you then when he comes back. Or at least some silly thing… I am a totally ignorant in all that stuff!!!

    Comment by Miki | August 15, 2008

  4. Hi Supe, well, after a little research I have discovered that this magnificent structure is simply a means of getting from one district of Lisbon to another, )Lisbon being somewhat hilly)
    The Santa Justa Elevator opened in 1902 and rises vertically some 45 metres from the Rua de Santa Justa in the Baixa area of central Lisbon to the Chiado district. The structure was designed by Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard, from Oporto. The structure houses two staffed lifts which normally allow direct access to the Carmo square and its monastery ruins, which are now an archaeological museum. From 1999 access at the top was limited to the elevator viewing deck only, due to building works. This meant that if it is quiet, you were at the mercy of the lift operator regarding the timing of your descent. But by January 2006, the 25 metre walkway to the Chiado was reported to be open once again. However, an alternative, less interesting but free route from the Baixa to the Chiado district is to use the escalators in the nearby Baixa-Chiado Metro station.
    The vertical column of the elevator measures some 7m x 7.5m and the lift was originally powered by a steam engine mounted on its summit. Since 6 November, 1907 it has been electrically powered. On exiting the lift at the top, the area, below, to the left of the walkway was largely destroyed by a major fire in 1988 but has now been rebuilt. Alternatively passengers may linger in the viewing area which looks over Rossio to the north east and the Baixa district to the south. To the east are fine views across to the Castle and Graça. There is also a café at the summit but a small restaurant on the walkway is now closed. The walkway runs alongside the ruins of the Carmo monastery which has been left unrepaired since the catastrophic earthquake of 1 November, 1755. Trams formerly ran to the end of the walkway and the track stub still remains intact. Nowadays there is no tram service nearby, the service from Carmo to Alfândega having been withdrawn in the 1990s and, despite its promised reinstatement, has not yet reopened.
    Lisbon is full of quaint little tram routes and funiculars, it’s really a feast for the eyes!

    Comment by kevmoore | August 18, 2008

  5. hey kev! very interesting history there.
    eiffel tower eat your rusty heart out! would love to visit the cafe there just for the views! that’d be quite an experience.. dont know why i’m so taken by this monument, it just seems to ‘epic’.

    i’d imagine it is a feast for the eyes, i love the mediterraenean region, always wanted to visit it for its white wash buildings, blue sea, blue skies lush greenery, golden beaches and bright, sunny weather… and i could go on.
    portugal it seems is that region’s best-kept secret.

    Comment by supersizeme | August 18, 2008

  6. Supe: you sum it up perfectly: I think Portugal IS the region’s best-kept secret – loads of Brits know the Algarve, but that pales into touristy mush compared to the rest of the country. I can honestly say the weather was as close to perfect as I’ve ever experienced.

    Comment by kevmoore | August 19, 2008


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